Salaamu Alaikum to all the brothers and sisters who have taken part on this thread thus far.
First off I would like to welcome our dear brother Luqman to this forum and congratulate him for taking the bold step in highlighting this very sensitive issue.
Secondly I would like to thank sister Nur for taking the next step and proposing to break down this problem in to smaller ones so we can work our way dealing with one issue at a time. One important thing that we all must realise is that we are not doing this to prove anything to the world, but we are doing it to make life easier for our fellow Muslims regardless of their colour and their backgrounds. Some people may label this as a feel of compassion from a revert to another but I disagree, I believe this is the correct path which was ordained for us as a representative of Islam to help one another.
I am not going to indulge on the discussion about marriage as I believe the subject has been dealt well by both parties. I agree with the brothers and sisters who believe caste system should be abolished as it has no base in Islam and only segregates one Muslim from another, and to my limited understanding I don't think such commodities was practise during the golden age of Islam. However and coming to the comments made by my brothers Faraz and Ledge one has to agree that the period we are leaving in now is no where near the golden age of islam, instead I personally believe this is the dark ages we are facing right now. Money has taken key roles in our life, and one has to adapt to its situation to survive. No question about it deen is the most important factor in our life, however saying that one also must understand that money at this period of time is also slowly building its way in our life. I have witnessed a lot of families going through difficult situation because of lack of money in their lives, some families even broke apart. Now people can blame this on lack of deen, but I personally diagnose that one needs to keep a firm balance between the both.
Anyhow lets move on to something constructive. I really like the idea of doing an Eid gathering and my acclamation goes to brother Triple M for highlighting it beautifully with details. It reminded me of deed I use to do when I was residing in
So perhaps brother Luqman can do something like that with his community but for Eid. We can stay here all night and come up with ideas after ideas but they will be no good unless we put them into action, so brother Luqman why don't you have a talk with your imam and propose the idea of having a gathering in the morning of Eid day so all the brothers can feel the closeness of the Ummah, and later on those who want to go and visit their relatives and friends can go and do so and the remainder of the group can cook up some nice meal and distribute them to the poor, that way you will be also promoting Islam, and if you can try and get the youths involved in it so they can too understand the true spiritual meaning of Eid.
At first you might not get too many people excited but don't let that damper your spirit. Remember when the holy Prophet (pbuh) was introducing Islam to his people, not all of them at first jumped the bandwagon, but none the less the Prophet (pbuh) still carried on promoting Islam and so should you. The first step is always the hardest but once you have taken it the rest of the path become straight forward, so go ahead and prepare your Eid plan in advance.
I leave this post with a story to all our users that their once was a city called Madina. Many years ago about 1400 years to be precise a group of people migrated from the city of
1400 years after and coming to this day so much has changed...........yet hope still lives!